The team’s excavation permit only extended to the Monterrey shipwreck, so the team was unable to explore the site further, though they did document the area through mapping and measuring.
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Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann and his team of archeologists have been excavating the Monterrey shipwreck with funding from National Geographic. The excavation is the deepest archaeological shipwreck excavation ever undertaken in North America. Hanselmann and his team completed the remainder of their research recently and set out to explore the surrounding area before they returned home. In doing so, they discovered two other major shipwrecks. The team knew from Shell Oil’s reports that there were other potential wrecks in the area, and they were not disappointed when they went exploring.
During the excavation of the Monterrey site, the team has been able to learn more about the ship itself, the activities of its crew, and maritime activity in the Gulf of Mexico back when it sailed. The team has discovered things such as intact bottles with organic substances in them, including an area that holds medicinal objects like a syringe, a wooden jacket and a book. Some of the objects are so fragile that the team has had to document them on site and leave them behind. The site has been well preserved, allowing the team to study its contents in detail and remove some of the artifacts for further study.